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To the sports enthusiasts out there, this year so far has not gotten off to a great start. And we’re afraid it looks bleak in the coming weeks too. 

In light of the COVID-19 outbreak concerns, the Board of Control of Cricket in India (BCCI) has announced that the Indian Premier League 2020 (IPL) is, as of now, postponed. The suspension of one of the most anticipated sporting events comes as no surprise, though the disappointment hangs heavy. 

Though the official announcement has not yet been made, the lockdown extension announcement made by Prime Minister Narendra Modi has put things in bright light. The lockdown which has been extended from April 14th to May 3rd to combat COVID-19 makes it necessary to postpone the IPL matches.

The BCCI and IPL franchise owners hope to find a suitable window to host the tournament later this year when the lockdown is over.

They were initially scheduled to begin on March 29th at the Wankhede stadium with Mumbai Indians and Chennai Super Kings facing off in the opening match. The nationwide lockdown led to speculations of the IPL being converted to a closed-door event, where the teams play in an empty stadium and have the game televised. 

The global pandemic has led to most of the cricket tournaments being cancelled or postponed across the world. England has delayed the start of their series tentatively to March 28th. The India vs South Africa to be held in March had to be called off by the BCCI as well, seeing as the number of COVID-19 cases has risen dramatically in both countries. The ongoing Chappell-Hadlee series between Australia and NZ, along with the PSL games in Karachi was held without an audience as part of the social distancing protocols being taken worldwide.

Besides, the BCCI has also confirmed that the Australia Women’s tour of South Africa, the Africa T20 Cup, and World XI vs Asia XI have all been put on hold.  

It’s not just cricket that has fallen victim to the pandemic though. Several global events including parts of the ATP Tennis tour, a slew of football matches, and the NBA tournament (National Basketball Association) have been suspended due to the rapid spread of coronavirus around the world. 

As on April 24th, the official report of the number of coronavirus cases in India has crossed 20,000 with the death toll crossing 650. The lockdown scenario remains for the foreseeable future, and the government might lift restrictions in areas where the situation is under control after May 3rd.

According to the WHO, COVID-19 has affected more than 200 nations so far, mainly hitting the US and Italy hard. With 2 million positive cases and the death toll is inching closer to 2,00,000. 

According to the WHO, COVID-19 has affected more than 200 nations so far, mainly hitting the US and Italy hard. With 2 million positive cases and death toll inching closer to 2,00,000 world over, it makes sense to hold all public gatherings. As much as we will miss cheering for our favourite teams, it’s more important to win the battle against coronavirus. So stay home and stay safe everyone.

The Twenty 20 World Cup is nearing its end and we have already witnessed a nail-biting finish in one of the semi-finals. The match between India and New Zealand saw some crucial insights that raised the eyebrows and heartbeats of the fellow cricket enthusiasts.

India edged the semi-finals with a Harmanpreet Kaur special concocted with the Shafali Verma match winning innings at the Oval in Melbourne.

Verma got lucky after she cashed in on two dropped catches to reach 46 off 34. Her whip crack start to the innings set the initial innings to a high. Although the innings faded during the last overs, the scoreboard held enough runs to defend by the magnificent line of bowlers.

Shikha Pandey started off by taking her first wicket of the second innings, that got Suzie Bates and Devine impatient to deliver boundaries. Poonam Yadav was however fined for 18 runs in the 19th over by Amelia Kerr that made the game more intense as it was leading to a nail biting finish.

Hurricane Verma took no time to adjust to the slower Junction Oval surface from the pace of Perth. She took the half volley off to boundaries straight for six followed by another maximum at a generous full toss. The other end was not well supported till Taniya Bhatia stood strong before walking back to pavilion with a square cut off by Rosemary Mair that was grabbed by Kerr. The dropped chances made the innings of Verma more ragged before she was caught at the long-off. Jemiah Rodrigues front edged full toss provoked Kaur to hit the ball straight to the hands of Leigh Kasperek.

Kerr restricts India

The early overs of New Zealand made them lodge on spin as Devine called upon her seven bowlers to slow down India. The best of them was Kerr who surprised the opposition by her variations with skills and strategy. Her focus got her the wickets of Verma and Veda Krishnamurthy.

India started off strong with just one wicket down at 68 but were reduced to 111 for 7 before Pandey and Radha Yadav struggled between the stumps to gather some crucial runs. The team was restricted to 134 despite a strong start and New Zealand were probably confident about its chances of winning.

Slow bowling, fast exits

Indian spinners started off really slow with the pace and that helped India to put pressure on the openers to score quickly yet efficiently. The top order of New Zealand played presumptuously.  

Bates was left impatient to attack and made a pre-movement across the stumps. Deepti Sharma took advantage of the split second and NZ lost their third wicket. Devine mistimed the full toss by Poonam and was caught at the crucial stage after churning out the best of her game in the tournament.

New Zealand suffocated

Maddy Green and Katey Martin stood strong but the continuous surge of the required run rate added excitement to the much anticipated Indian crowd as they were inching close to the victory.

Fifty seven off 35 balls were required when Green decided to attack as it was the only option left. After Green walked back, Kerr delivered some magnificent insights to her batting skills as she stole 18 runs in the 19th and final over of Poonam. This  gave jitters to the crowd as the match entered its final over. Exceptionally bowled by Pandey, India finished it off in style and made way to the finals.

Qualification process of the most awaited tournament i.e. ICC Men’s T20 world cup, which will be hosted by India in 2021, is unveiled by the International cricket council (ICC). You must be eagerly waiting for the announcements. But before we come to the schedule, you must know that formerly played as ICC Champions Trophy, which was constituted of 8 teams is now replaced by T20 world cup 2021, where we will see 16 teams competing for the trophy. Of course you might be aware of this. Everyone knows it, even a 5-year child also loves and enjoys fascinating and thrilling cricket. 

So let’s get to the qualifying events for the T20 world cup 2021 for Men. Firstly eight teams will compete in 11 regional qualification matches that will be held in East Asia Pacific, America, Europe, Asia and Africa i.e. 5 ICC regions. These eight teams will play to evolve to get a seat in one or the other global qualifying matches. The remaining 8 teams, T20 world cup 2020’s bottom four teams will participate along with 4 teams ranked by T20I on 01-01-2020 (Hong Kong, Nepal, UAE, Zimbabwe) as best.

Only 12 teams will make it to the round 2 that will be held in Australia. These 12 teams will get the automatic entry card for the following year’s events. After that, the competition will go to the next level when the best teams of the world will play in 2 global qualifiers for 4 spots in the T20 world cup.

Chris Tetley, ICC head of events while talking to the media said that the decision was taken keeping in mind their commitment of global growth. Since cricket is lovable by the whole world, it is used as a vehicle to deliver the promise. He also informed that regional and global qualification tracks are well organized. It has been keenly taken care of, that despite the tight timelines, they deliver competitive and irresistible cricket.

He also said that while finalizing the criteria with Members, they have come across innumerable options. They find this approach best suited for both global and regional competitions for ICC T20 world cup 2021 for Men. Only those members are eligible for participation, who meets EPPC i.e. ICC Event Participation Criteria for the qualifying event of ICC Men’s T20 world cup 2021. ICC never fails to deliver the heart-stopping and hair-raising cricket with the best of the world in one field.

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The International Cricket Council (ICC) announced on 20th December that they would continue collaboration with UNICEF till women’s ICC t20 World Cup 2020. Their target is to empower young girls through cricket. This extension of the contract will provide UNICEF with a unique platform for fundraising activities to boost up its awareness drive for the creation of a positive environment for women and girls.

Previous Collaborations

In ICC Men’s World Cup 2019, UNICEF arranged a campaign named “A Day 4 Children” and raised $180,000. This sum of money will directly go to fund a girl’s cricket project in Kabul, Afghanistan. This programme is set to run for about 12 months where a new cricket competition will be organised for school girls of different age groups. Separately, there will be a training camp held for about 120 cricket instructors and donation of modern cricketing equipment. 

There will be a similar project with the money raised in the upcoming Women’s T20 World Cup. The project will include girl’s cricket promotion in Sri Lanka and build peace in the community. T20 tickets sales for the upcoming Women’s World Cup indicates project’s success. After all, it is the fans who can contribute towards the cause by coming out in large numbers and participating in in-stadium activities. 

ICC’s Thoughts on the Project

ICC’s Chief Executive Officer Mr Manu Sawhney said on the occasion of the deal announcement “We are delighted to extend our partnership with UNICEF to the ICC Women’s T20 World Cup. I want us to harness the extraordinary reach of our sport to empower women and girls around the world through cricket and using ICC events as a fundraising platform enables us to do that.”

Mr Sawhney also added, “Sport for development and in particular cricket can be a powerful tool to transform lives and the projects in Afghanistan, and Sri Lanka are designed to have a long-term positive impact with teachers being trained to deliver cricket to girls for years to come.”

About the Women’s T20 World Cup

The upcoming Women’s T20 World Cup is going to be the 7th edition of the tournament which started in 2009. It is a multi-nation biennial tournament which will be hosted in Australia next year. The tournament is set to take place from 21st February till 8th May across six cities of southern Australia. The final will be hosted in the iconic Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG), the biggest cricketing venue in the world.  

10 nations will be eyeing on the gorgeous trophy, and after 23 matches one nation will come victorious. Later that year, Australia will host men’s t20 WC India will be a favourite of that along with Australia, England, and two-times champion West Indies. 

About UNICEF

United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund (UNICEF) worked in some of the toughest places in the world, to reach the most unfortunate children of our planet. They have their presence in 190 countries and territories to build a better world for our future generations.

Original Source:- unicef.org.au